Hundreds of thousands of online stores use Shopify as their back-end eCommerce platform. Managing an independent eCommerce platform on your own can be a hideous task, especially when your store begins to take off, and the activity starts to increase. All that leads to more maintenance required, and more investment needed to help maintain a healthy status of the store. This is why so many have opted for Shopify, an all-in-one solution for running an eCommerce store, for corporate, brand, individual, and freelance needs. Everyone can benefit from the services that Shopify provides.
Though Shopify does take care of a lot of things at once, there are still essential design aspects that you will need to take care of yourself. Managing the look and feel of the homepage, generating meta descriptions and author information for products, activating external tools for deeper analytics, adding new content for the purpose of generating organic traffic, and other tiny edits that make a huge difference. Shopify designs are by no means in short stock. However, free Shopify themes market hasn’t really picked up over the years, with only a handful of themes being available for free; comparing the availability to platforms such as WordPress or Ghost, but we put in the work to collect pretty much ALL of the free Shopify themes that you can find, we say pretty much because it’s possible we left some out, but if so — they’re very hard to find.
There will be a few extras at the bottom part of the list to help you expand the horizons of the availability of Shopify themes, but we will let you find that part yourselves, as for now — we begin the countdown of the best free Shopify themes that are available for instant download.
As the owner of this massive eCommerce platform, Shopify is obliged to provide its customers with some free themes to use on their stores. Although we hoped that Shopify’s market of free themes would be bigger than it is, at the moment there are 11 unique Shopify themes available for free installation, all of which offer 3 different choices of style. This adds up to 33 unique styles, and while that may seem like a big number, compared to the amount of Shopify stores out there (hundreds of thousands), this number is actually quite low, and not everyone wants to use the same template that the next store is using.
But, let’s not worry about that too much, as we will explore plenty of great options as we go. First though, It’s the Snowdevil (Venture) theme. The demo site implies that the template has found use amongst stores that sell winter sports related equipment: snowboarding, skiing, and other interesting winter sports stores will benefit from using the Venture template. There’s a huge slideshow directly on the front-page of the website, multi-columned menu navigations, promotional widgets, and a lot of options to adjust typography and colors.
Boundless is targeting store owners who wish to promote/sell their fashion related items, where the spotlight is given to each product/item individually. A very modern, but minimal Shopify template that looks equally wonderful on desktop and mobile devices. The first thing that caught our eyes was the huge slideshow on the homepage; it’s big enough to promote anything in a way where users will feel inclined to check out the product more. Another important feature, is the photos collection.
The photos collection essentially ties up all of the design, allowing you to display only the product photos that then lead to the product pages. Some customers have shown their disapproval because apparently the site doesn’t look equally as good once you actually install the template, but one thing to keep in mind about demo previews, is that they use a full content set that perfectly compliments each of the features. To achieve the same demo result, you need to make sure that you have enough content/products on your store for the site to be displayed to its full potential.
Pop’s a minimal style choice for stores that deal with smaller quantities of products, and wish to focus all attention on a smaller batch of products where more exposure is required. A good example would be a beauty shop where you sell particular beauty products, perhaps a shop for selling a specific blend of tea’s and then promoting other tea related products. A very brand-oriented template that features a sidebar-navigation. The wonderful bit, there are a few styles to explore that will give you a better feel for how the template can be used. Even kids stores are using this one, so the market is open for exploration.
As some users have pointed out, the lack of a search function can be distressing, but then again — if you’re only selling 5 products, they will all fit on the homepage seamlessly, and you won’t need a search function at all. You could always create a custom one though. The colors are very lightweight, and soothing, but as with any Shopify theme, within the theme editor panel you can adjust the colors to whatever spectrum you like.
Shopify caters themes to all store sizes, including those with a larger set of products. Supply is a fitting name for this template, because it will allow you to host a large supply of products on a template that’s built with digital/electronic stores in mind. The navigation has been designed to allow the customer to jump from one category to another seamlessly, with things like related products, top selling products and other product categories exposed to the visitor constantly.
When you look at the demo styles, it becomes apparent that Supply can be turned into a store theme for luxury items, but also things like furniture. That’s the freedom of these amazing and free Shopify themes. Customers who use the Supply theme seem to love the search/navigation feature the most, outlining how easy it is for the customer to navigate products and ultimately make their purchases. Works on desktop, mobile, and tablets with full responsive integration.
Vintage stores are usually built to promote and sell products that range from vintage artwork, to vintage clothe. Doesn’t always have to be about that though. There are plenty of Shopify stores that use this Minimal template to sell things like digital camera equipment, posters, clothe, fashion items, and more. Perhaps the most crucial feature of this Vintage template, is that it is highly customizable, and allows the store owner to focus on both the appearance of a product, but also the written content about it. One of the customers who uses this theme was very fond of saying that although he is an absolute beginner with programming, installing this template took only a few minutes and it works amazing right out of the box. Sometimes templates and themes tend to be a little bit harsh of newcomers, so it’s good to know that Shopify works hard to ensure that even the least experienced store owners can quickly publish products on their new eCommerce platform.
Simple, but also known as Beauty, is a free to install Shopify template for eCommerce stores. Beauty (Simple) as the name suggests is aimed partly at stores that want to sell and promote beauty related products. Of course, nobody says that the theme is good only for these kinds of sites, but the design works really well if you plan to use it to promote make-up, cologne, or other similar items. The design has been thoroughly optimized to work with mobile devices, in fact, the mobile design is really appealing and we were quite impressed by the precision of detail. Installing social media icons for this theme should be a breeze, and there are some specific widgets like a fancybox that you can either disable or enable as you need. All Shopify themes come with a documentation that allows you to understand more how each of the themes function, and how to make changes to them without breaking the overall design.
Shopify is also an active participant in the open-source community. And Timber, the Shopify’s theme development framework from Shopify is the testament to that. Timber is a front-end framework which makes building Shopify themes quick and easy. It can be used by theme creators of any skill level for themes of any scope. Seasoned pros and newbies alike can benefit from the starter templates, liquid markup, modules, and CSS frameworks provided in Timber. You’re given a set of features that will automatically allow you to create standalone templates that work within the scope of the template itself. A lot of search engine and social media features are included as well, because nothing can beat the returns of organic traffic.
We are now going to enter a phase of our roundup where we discuss Shopify themes built by other community members. And first of which is Annabelle, a multi-purpose free Shopify theme that can be adjusted to suit any type of eCommerce store. The first impressions have been really good, as soon as you enter Annabelle, a huge front page slider appears in your vision that really can help in tying together some of your essential products, or product categories. The list of design features increases though: there’s the homepage design, the product pages design, a page for product collections, and a very advanced filtering feature that integrates things like a wishlist, contact page, currency management, google fonts, bootstrap, font awesome, social media, payment options, even a unique blog design that you can use to write about your vision, your hopes and your products individually.
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Florists, we got something unique for you! A Shopify theme just for selling your floral products, with some cool features and dynamic settings to help make your store more authentic. This stunning one-page template allows you to outline all your available product in uniquely aligned rows that are accompanied by modern HTML5 features for making the shopping experience more unique, more entertaining. You can create floral collections, discuss different products, and also talk about your business within individual rows. Custom elements allow you to showcase which of the products have been recently added, but also products that are on sale, and the way these elements integrate, it really makes it easy for customers to remain in line with the store itself while doing all their shopping tasks.
A theme that calls itself Focus must surely be a minimal-style template, and surely the Focus Shopify theme is! A wonderful template to choose if you are going to be selling a selection of specific products, and need a nice and beautiful design to outline all of your available items. The design consists of several important elements: homepage, catalog page, blog page, about page, and contact us page. All of the necessary pages to help a customer go from being interested into a product, to finalizing the purchase. A great footer element at the bottom of the website has enough space to show links, a search bar, and also social media icons. There’s a unique widget to this theme that will let you collect email subscribers too.
Sports stores need to remember one thing, to make sure that customers get what they need, a superb navigation feature is essential. So, without question we are listing this template that does have navigation feature of champions. You want your customers to be able to pinpoint the most unique combinations of product selections, and this theme does it well. The design is professional, it is aimed at stores that have large stocks of items to sell, but also need plenty of room in the footer and header of the website to do promotions, and outline general business information. Fairly impressed with this theme, given that it is totally free to download.
We did already mention one of Shopify’s open-source project, and now it is time to mention another one, which actually compliments the Timber Framework very well. Skeleton-Theme is a Shopify boilerplate theme that you can use to build, and create your own unique Shopify themes, while having all the basics necessities such as grids and containers already figured out for you. It’s a heavily CSS built theme, so not only is it going to be lightweight, it’s also going to be modern looking, and perform incredibly well as far as site speed goes.
You can never go wrong with Bootstrap, as we have proven many times over at Colorlib, Bootstrap templates is where it’s at! Take a look at some of our best Bootstrap collections from the past: stunning WordPress themes built w/ Bootstrap, astonishing eCommerce templates built w/ Bootstrap, and extraordinary Bootstrap built landing page themes. Bootstrapify is the ultimate Shopify theme built with Bootstrap, enjoy it at your own risk, haha!
The Best Premium Shopify Themes
When we set out to complete this roundup, it was clear that there would be a lack of free templates, but in the end, we came up with more free choices than we expected, and that is great! So now, we could end the post here and call it a day, but to help you give more ideas and creative inspiration for what your next store could or should look like, we will outline a couple of amazing Shopify themes from the premium sector. These are styles that designers have worked hard to perfect, because their monthly salaries depend on selling as many copies of these templates as they can, and that means much more functionality and options for you to work with. Let’s get to it.
Clothing & Fashion Responsive Shopify Theme – TheShop
BStore – Responsive eCommerce Shopify Theme
And more fashion themes for you to indulge in. This time, BStore. A modern and professional looking alternative to use on your eCommerce store. First up, BStore is a proud provider of multiple layout styles, giving you the freedom to experiment with design concepts that work really well with your product listings. The product pages are template-based, and allow a thorough customization to really show to your customers what your products are capable of. Mobile or tablet devices will see an equally stunning version of the website, as responsiveness is priority for BStore. If you enjoy using content sliders, you will enjoy using BStore’s product slider that lets you promote your absolute best products from within a slider. Bootstrap users are also in luck, this theme is all about modern CSS3 and Bootstrap 3. And sure, collecting emails will become a breeze when you activate this style, a custom newsletter widget is in-built ot allow you to stay in touch with your customers.
Ap Strollik – Single Product Shopify Theme
Ap Strollik wants to give its users the absolute best, the absolute most professional tools and features in the industry to create the most complex, most reliable single-product eCommerce store out there, and seriously — after a closer inspection, it couldn’t be more true, Ap Strollik is an excellent choice for business owners who only have one product to promote/sell. The theme delivers the same seamless and pleasant experience on mobile devices through the use of modern responsive design patterns. The download gives you full access over the themes PSD files, which means that you become the co-author of this template, and how its visual features appear to the customers. We are especially pleased with the Blog feature, where users can submit their own custom feedback about your product. This could really encourage more sales, as customers relate to those who have already bought the product.
Zidane – Multi Concept Responsive Shopify Theme
Zidane is here to help stores with multiple purposes. A selection of 3 unique layouts gives you the creative access to what this theme is truly good at; being a great Shopify theme. Customers will be able to preview products quicker with a “quickview” widget that pops out of the page as soon as the customers clicks the preview button, this same page also allows to purchase the product, or share it on social networks. A wishlist has been integrated to help customers keep track of their wishes, but also to keep track of what they might be looking to buy as gifts. A magnificent mega dropdown menu accompanies this theme, making it very easy for stores with a huge product lineup to expose all of their catalog to the customer.
Ap Click Shop Shopify Responsive Theme
Just one word, Wow! Five pre-built layouts to choose from. This is a statement of deep and professional understanding of how to market a product. It doesn’t help to be able to choose from just a single theme if you advertise your theme as multi-purpose, but this one, Ap Click, hits the nail on the head flawlessly. Advertised as a multi-purpose Shopify template, you get instant access to five pre-built designs that are going to shape the future of your eCommerce business. To give you a more clear idea, here are the features: built with Bootstrap 3, supports Font Awesome, is fully mobile responsive, mega navigation menu, variety of header styles, a content slideshow, a page for promoting daily deals, newsletter popup box, blog design, review system for products, search engine optimized, rich snippets, and yes… a whole plethora of other features. Your customers will feel at home when visiting your newly designed eCommerce store.
Maroko – Responsive Shopify Theme
Maroko from BootExperts is another wonderful choice of a theme if you prefer to have your template do many things at once, and have a preview of how to accomplish those things, without feeling like you’re getting stuck. Although, the nice thing about these premium themes is, you get access to a support package that means that you will always be able to reach out to the developer, and ask them how to achieve a particular result that you are desiring. Maroko is ready for retina-displays, it’s mobile optimized, and it supports a lot of font styles, and font icons. The list of features continues: a custom 404 page, easy configuration panel, custom login pages, a shopping cart combined with a wishlist, a custom product slider, a newsletter notification popup box, also Google Maps to help you with pinpointing the physical location of your business.
ST Mochi – Shopify Template
ST Mochi has a fairly technical design, for those fashion websites that need to provide a slightly more unique experience, perhaps a fashion brand that has been in the works for a long time, and all that effort needs to be displayed through a professional web design. The theme’s mission to best serve customers, to provide enough features so that the customer always feels welcome, always feels like their needs are met. The features compared to some of the other templates are fairly similar, your customers can review products, there are countdowns for product sales, a slideshow that can be used to promote individual or multiple products, a sophisticated menu option to better help customers navigate the full spectrum of your inventory.
Shopar | Premium e-Commerce Shopify Theme
Shopar is a Shopify template that’s all about shopping! The minimal, image-oriented style is going to be a great fit for doing promotions for both female and male fashion products. Built with the famous Bootstrap framework, you get an easy to customize codebase that will compliment store owners of all levels. An AJAX cart means that your customers will be able to jump from the page that they’re viewing the product, straight to the checkout process, without having to reload the page, AJAX allows for live reloading which makes for a smooth browsing experience.
Milano – Responsive Shopify Theme
Milano uses an OViC framework that brings to the table many unique features: multiple layouts, sticky navigation menus, brand logos, multilingual support, an advanced content slider, unique blocks of HTML for promotion, an integration of a content management platform, also a popup module for doing newsletter/promotional work. The design style is FLAT, which seems to be the very first FLAT design that we have seen in this magnificent and high-volume collection. Many more brilliant features you will find within the core of Milano, take time to explore them all.
Ap Anywhere Shopify Responsive Theme
Apollo Themes do a really great work at publishing unique Shopify templates that are full of great features, and full of great unique concepts and ideas. Whether your site needs to be displayed on a desktop computer, a tablet device, or a smartphone — the professional integration of RWD (responsive design) is so seamless that the website looks exactly the same on all devices. As a multi-purpose template, the best kind of stores to be launched with this theme would be: for fashion items, gift stores, shoe stores, bag stores, but also multi-purpose stores that have a lot of products to sell. The combination of colors and fonts within the design make for a shopping experience that feels authentic, unique, and pleasant; as with all Apollo themes, you get the same exotic list of features.
Responsive Multipurpose Shopify Theme Granada
Granada has more than five unique pre-determined professional design layouts to choose from. If you ever needed help with coming up with a good design style to use on your eCommerce store, then starting at the Granada demo page is going to give you a sea of ideas to work with. Just by becoming a customer of this template, you are entitled to free updates forever. Don’t worry about organic traffic, because Granada has all those important features and quirks taken care of already.
Micra – Responsive Shopify Theme
Micra is a bubbly theme, it has modern content sliders at the top of the page, it has a wonderful email subscription widget at the bottom of the page, it has a spectacular selection of product catalogs and pages that make each product feel unique. This is the kind of template you want to utilize if you wish to make your customers feel welcomed to your store. There are many pre-built color templates to choose from. The blog design really ties together the content publication process, because content is just as important as products themselves. Being able to talk about your passions freely can reassure the customers that you are actually dedicated to your craft and wish to give back only the best.
Ap Alaska Shopify Responsive Theme
Apollo made a lot of rounds in this roundup, and if you’re wondering why? Well, most likely because they produce wonderful quality templates that all new or existing Shopify store owners are going to greatly benefit from. HTML5 + CSS3 + Bootstrap, with shortcode functionality, and Font Awesome integration, all the modern features to make your store be the most unique one. The design is targeted at fashion-related online stores.
Everest – Multipurpose Responsive Shopify Theme
For last, we saved Everest. Everest is known as the highest mountain on the planet, and perhaps the most beautiful, and we feel this is what the designers of Everest were trying to achieve by calling this template Everest — for it to be the most beautiful, the most feature packed Shopify theme that has ever been built. And it begins with the selection of demo layouts, of which there are 8 unique layouts to choose from. Eight individual layouts that really stretch the limits and capabilities of this theme and how far it is willing to go. The code, just like the documentation, was created to be as easily navigated as possible. The administration panel of this theme is highly customized to allow administrators to make any required changes directly from the admin panel, without the need to scramble together code. The theme has a lot of AJAX support in-built, meaning that the store is going to feature very smooth page transitions. What a wonderful way to end our list of the best free Shopify themes, even if some of them were not free at all. We are certain you are going to find a winner amongst all of these templates.
The Best Shopify Theme for Your eCommerce Business
Just stunning, amazingly stunning how much work designers and developers put into each and every one of these styles. We have been mesmerized by this assemblage, and we look forward as to what the future years of Shopify development are going to bring forward. Another hope we have for the future, is that those who are using the public Timber framework from Shopify, are going to be more keen about sharing their Timber-built themes for free with everyone else, after all — it is a community effort. Until then, thanks for being an awesome reader and finishing the list, we hope to see you on the next one.